Cravings can be the result of an addiction to a certain food or they can stem from an attempt to fill an emotional need. There are also cravings that arise from an actual physical need for a particular vitamin or mineral. We love chocolate. Could it be that we sometimes crave it because of what it contains? Chocolate is rich in magnesium, chromium, b-vitamins and essential fatty acids. However, the chocolate should be extremely dark to obtain these benefits. Nuts, seeds and legumes are rich in magnesium. Broccoli and grapes are loaded with chromium. Take notice if adding more of these foods to your diet decreases an extreme desire for chocolate. Excessive carbohydrate consumption results mainly from eating processed foods such as white breads, crackers and noodles. These are not overly sweet but turn quickly to sugar. This may be an indication of insulin resistance resulting in blood sugar fluctuations. Increasing fiber rich foods can decrease the dependence on these refined foods. Bananas, celery, avocados and Swiss chard are a few of the foods that are loaded with fiber. A strong desire for simple sugars such as jellies, syrups or plain cane sugar, often found in sodas, can simply be an indication of extreme dehydration. A desire for fiery, spicy foods may stem from the inability to perspire easily. Consuming these foods can accelerate metabolism which in turn will lead to perspiring. There is absolutely too much salt used in restaurants and in processed foods. If however you are not addicted to heavy salt intake but are having a constant desire for something salty, it could be your activity level is not in balance with your electrolyte intake or it is due to stress hormone fluctuations. Another reason is that there may not be enough calcium and potassium in your diet. Citrus fruits, unrefined sea salt and coconut water along with mustard greens are a good place to begin to create balance. Fat is what gives food taste. The desire for fried, extremely oily foods or excessive amounts of cheese is simply the need for fat. However, those types of fats are extremely harmful. The need for this is better met with flaxseed, raw olive oil, and avocados which provide more essential fatty acids. Contrary to what we have been told, the desire for non-food items (pica) such as ice, clay, dirt and chalk does not always stem from abnormal eating patterns but can indicate a strong deficiency of iron or minerals in general. This trait is often exhibited in children and in women during pregnancy. Lentils, seaweed and black cherries are all laden with minerals. A taste preference for burnt foods can be symptomatic of a carbon deficiency. Since all fruit, vegetables and meats contain carbon it is possible that there is not a sufficient amount of real, unprocessed foods in the diet. If you feel you are not satisfying an emotional need by eating a certain food, take stock in the possibility that you may not be meeting your body’s true and healthy cravings.
Studies have begun in the University of Nottingham on the effectiveness of introducing humans to hookworm larvae. Scientists are hoping that the presence of hookworms will switch off the mechanism that makes the immune system overactive. This is one of the causes of MS. A low dosage of hookworm larvae is applied with a bandage to the person’s arm. They travel through the blood stream until they reach the gut and feed off the person’s blood. They are not able to reproduce since eggs are excreted in fecal matter. Patients are monitored closely to make sure they do not become anemic. Hope is that this could work on most people with autoimmune diseases.